Spotlight Artist: Luc Bertrand, CBA
Home Country: Belgium
Company: wAw Balloons
Luc originally graduated college as an Interior architect & scenographer. Next to a “serious” career of designing and arranging office floors he founded wAw balloons, balloon decorators and party shop in 1995.
Although the businesses were originally intended to be for his wife, Luc discovered immediately the fun side and endless possibilities of making creations with balloons. Very soon, after competing at the European Balloon Symposium in Paris (March 96) Luc was asked to teach his balloon skills in Belgium.
At the European Balloon Symposium in Prague (Oct 97) Luc was the runner up in the sculpture and the centerpiece competition, and was named “Best European Newcomer 1997.” At the International Party Show in Birmingham (April 98) Luc was the runner up in the logo competition, and at the European Balloon Symposium in Villamoura (Portugal) (98) Luc was winner in the centerpiece competition and runner up in the sculpture competition .
As Luc was asked to teach at the European Balloon Symposium in Mainz (Germany) his wife Ines took over the competition and became herself the “Best European Newcomer 1999” Since then Luc has been asked many times to teach in throughout Europe.
Luc is known for his renewing compositions and techniques thus creating commercial designs for every type of client. In the year 2001 he built a 3000 sq. foot balloon shop, one of the biggest in Europe. At the 2001 Qualatex event in London, Luc became the winner of the first “Overseas Qualatex approved instructor of the year” award.